How Is Today's Healthcare Like a Mainframe Computer?

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It wasn't that many decades ago where to use a computer you had to travel to a large city, and in a room much larger than this one, the computer took up the entire room, and you had a series of systems operators, these were people that would take your punch cards and put them into this machine and out comes 2 + 2 = 4, and that was the computing power of this entire room size of computer, that was a mainframe computer, and you had to travel there and you had to had experts help you use the system, and you certainly didn't have access into this in your home, it wasn't part of your personal life.

You had to have a real good work reason to go there. In many ways this kind of hospital-centric paradigm that we've created 200 years ago that we continue to continue and keep moving forward in time as if it's some God-given requirement that we have to care for people in hospitals.

It's the same model, you're sick, you travel to a large urban center go to the big shiny hospital on the hill, it's filled with experts in a high technologies, none of which you could ever have at home or control yourself and hopefully the high priests of health care put you back together again, and I don't mean to be denigrating of the hospitals or our health care experts.

Those are miraculous technologies and amazing people that save peoples' lives. But it means that we aren't really focused on prevention and quality of life and care for people in the other 99.9% of their days when they're not in a hospital, and there's so much useless pain and suffering, needless pain and suffering going on because we aren't applying innovation and the best of our thinking to preventing disease and illness and injury in the first place.

So, that medical mainframe model needs to change to a personalized model, and much like computing we couldn't imagine three decades ago that this kind of mainframe computer, you were going to have a smartphone on your hip with your wallet, that was going to be thousands of times more powerful than that, and then it was going to become a personal tool.

Computing is now a personal part of our lives that we use for all kinds of things. I want to drive that same kind of transformation using very similar disruptive technologies that say, those technologies, those diagnostic capabilities, those expert systems that are in that mainframe can now be mine, and part of my life, and I have tools to be part of my own care and I can author my own existence and pilot my own body when I'm dealing with my own health care needs.